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Viking Beard Axe (#1741)

The Viking Axe is the Norsemen most valued weapon. As farmers, the axe was an essential tool, not only for war, but for farming and other essential duties. Prior to the golden age of Viking raids, the Viking axe was used as an essential tool for survival. Not only used to cut wood and prepare daily fires, but for every aspect of northern daily life. With Scandinavian expansion however, the Viking axe was modified as a weapon of war.  One such weapons is the Viking Beard Axe. Designed to “grab” and dislodge the European shield, the Beard axe became a fierce weapon during the golden age of Viking raids…(read more)

Total Length : 31”
Viking Axe head (width): 10.5”
Viking Axe head (high) 5 3/4” long
Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.

$180.00 USD

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The axe is one of the first tools to be manufactured by humankind. The simplicity of its construction and its inherent versatility means that axes have been an integral part of every human culture.

Axes however are associated to the Vikings more than any other group of warriors. Axes were a vital part of Viking life, as evidenced by archaeological digs at Viking sites. However, it’s important to understand that the basis of Viking life was not raping and pillaging, but agriculture. Axes were an essential farming and household tool. As they did with all of their weapons, Vikings usually named their axes, often naming them after she-trolls. However, axes never had the same cultural significance to Viking warriors as swords and spears did. The Viking axe was not a sacred weapon but an immensely practical one; something that could be for combat but was most commonly called on for simple domestic or agricultural duties.

In war however, the Viking axe was a devastating weapons in hand-to-hand combat, capable of splitting a man’s skull, or thrown against an opponent’s shield.

Around the 10th century, the Vikings developed the weapon known as the Dane Axe. This is that huge, terrifying battle axe that we commonly associate with Vikings. Its shaft could be as long as six feet, and the head had a cutting surface of up to twelve inches. The head of the Dane Axe was extremely thin, with thicknesses as narrow as 2mm along the edge of the blade. With a lightweight design, these were easy to swing and provided a wide radius of destruction with little risk to the axe getting stuck, although they were not as useful in hand-to-hand combat as the smaller hand axe.

Although associated with Vikings – the Dane Axe still appears on the state coat of arms of Norway – the Dane Axe was actually most popular in England, where it continued to be used into the 16th century, long after the influence of the Vikings had waned.

Total Length : 31”
Viking Axe head (width): 10.5”
Viking Axe head (high) 5 3/4” long
Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz.

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